LifeStraw® offers easy access to clean and safe drinking water anywhere!
Time Magazine “Invention of the Year” winner, LifeStraw® is the most
advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. LifeStraw
contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving
parts to break or wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only
2oz. LifeStraw is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, traveler, boy
scout, hunter, and especially for emergency preparedness.
filters to 0.2 microns through the use of hollow-fiber membranes, which
are small tubes with even smaller pores. These pores allow water to
pass, but prevent contaminants larger than 0.2 microns from flowing
through. As you get closer to 264 gallons (1,000 liters), the pores
will eventually become clogged with debris and the flow will stop.
is the water filter chosen by leading NGOs for humanitarian relief
worldwide since launch in 2005. LifeStraws have been sent to Africa,
Pakistan, Haiti, and South America for disaster aid, and a portion of
domestic sales support this donation program. LifeStraw has only been
available in North America since 2011, when excess inventory has allowed
- Drink directly from streams, or from a wide-mouth water bottle
- Removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
- Surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia (beaver fever), and Cryptosporidium oocysts, and many others.
- Reduces water turbidity, filters particles of approximately 0.2 microns.
- Filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of contaminated water per manufacturer.
- Contains no chemicals. Does NOT contain iodinated resin (iodine): safe for your thyroid gland. BPA-free.
- Will not allow water to flow when it reaches capacity.
choice of NGOs for worldwide humanitarian relief since 2005. A portion
of sales goes to support clean water projects worldwide.
- No after-taste. LifeStraw® has no after-taste, since no chlorine, iodine or other chemicals are used.
- No waiting time. You can drink from your LifeStraw right away. There is no need to wait for water to drip or chemicals to act.
- 5-year shelf life:
Can be stored and used periodically. The shelf life is not reduced if
the LifeStraw is used occasionally and then put back in storage.
- LifeStraw® meets or exceeds EPA standards for efficacy.
LifeStraw® was successfully assessed in laboratory conditions (harsher
conditions than what is required by the EPA in terms of turbidity and
organic matter), up to 1600 liters (approximately 160% of design life).
Independent testing at the University of Arizona showed that LifeStraw®
exceeds the EPA requirements of LOG 6 reduction for bacteria and LOG 3
reduction for protozoan parasites. Bacteria removed
include: Escherichia coli (“E. Coli”), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholerae
(“Cholera”), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella, Salmonella. Protozoa
removed include: Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”), Cryptosporidium
parvum (“Crypto”), Entamoeba histolytica.
What LifeStraw removes/filters:
LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This
removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from
contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out
Bacteria removed include:
- Escherichia coli
- Vibrio cholerae
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Protozoa removed include:
- Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
- Cryptosporidium Parvum
- Entamoeba histolytica.
- Length: 9 inches
- Width: 1 inch
- Weight: 2 ounces
- Construction: durable plastic. Does not require replacement parts or batteries, or any chemicals.
- Capacity: filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of water.
- Included: Comes with a lanyard, and a cap for the mouth piece and end piece
How to use:
The patented LifeStraw is a small tube with specialized filters
inside. Place one end in unfiltered water (a glass, water bottle, river,
or puddle!), and suck the resulting clean water up through the top.
Anyone who can use a drinking straw can easily use a LifeStraw.
Before use, uncap the LifeStraw and hold it upright in water for a
minute. This allows the water to creep up the filter membrane. Then do
five quick sucks and the water will flow easily. When drinking from
muddy water, you may have to blow back down into it to purge out the
turbidity if the flow slows or stops.
LifeStraw for Travel & Backpacking:
Because the LifeStraw is so small and lightweight, it’s great for
travel overseas in countries with unreliable drinking water. If you’ve
ever been sick while travelling, you know the importance of drinking
filtered water! Make sure to drink all water through the LifeStraw.
LifeStraw for Hiking & Camping:
Access to clean water is critical while hiking. LifeStraw
accomplishes the same thing as other filters, but does it at just a
tenth of the weight. If you’re ultra-light hiking, this is a must. At only 2 oz, it’s the lightest way of filtering water while on the go.
If you consume the recommended 3-4 liters of water per day while
hiking, LifeStraw will last you for between 250-330 days of hiking. If
you’re in a rush, there’s no need to stop and filter water by the lake.
Just scoop your water bottle full, and sip from it as you walk. Or, dip
the end of the straw right into the lake and drink until you’re
As a hiking or camping water filter, the LifeStraw provides great
convenience. A purifier or pump filter is great, but it takes a fair
amount of time to wait for the purification or filtering to complete.
Instead, experience the convenience of drinking directly from the water
source using your LifeStraw. Perfect when you are hiking, or relaxing
LifeStraw for Emergency Preparedness & Survival:
In light of recent natural disasters, many people are realizing they
cannot depend on their city water during an emergency. A water filter
that’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and portable is important to have in
your emergency preparedness kit. Buy a LifeStraw for each member in your
household - it's a low-cost investment in security.
Awards and recognition:
LifeStraw has received significant accolades since its original design was invented in 2005. Time
Magazine named LifeStraw the “Best Invention of 2005.” In 2008, it won
the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”. Esquire
called LifeStraw the “Innovation of the Year.” And Forbes noted that
LifeStraw is “one of the ten things that will change the way we live.”
Now that LifeStraw has launched in the USA and Canada, we expect
continued positive responses.
LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a
Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for
developing countries. Their core business model is centered around
corporate social responsibility, and they help countries reach their
United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals with products designed to
prevent vector- and water-borne diseases. LifeStraws are shipped
throughout the world to countries in need including Haiti, Pakistan, and